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The Island of Elba

A lush island blanketed with green hills and colourful wildflowers, Elba is wonderfully traditional. Take to the waters to explore the rugged coastline, and zig-zag your way through historic towns pausing to sample some of Italy’s most succulent seafood.

What's included

  • Scheduled flights from Gatwick with British Airways or similar scheduled airline
  • Overseas transfers and return ferry crossing to Elba
  • 7 nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
  • Complimentary wi-fi on board your coach
  • All airport taxes, security charges, UK Airline Passenger Duty, all state and local taxes, plus ATOL protection fee.

Included holiday highlights

  • Visit quaint villages and the white-sand bay of Marina di Campo
  • Discover San Martino Villa, Napoleon’s summer house
  • Discover Eastern Elba’s treasures, including a remote Roman mining town and a cosmopolitan modern resort (half day)

Optional excursions

  • Enjoy Elba’s stunning scenery on a Legend, Mystery and Intrigue walk (three-quarter day)
  • Explore Napoleon’s Winter Palace and enjoy a tasting at a wine farm (three-quarter day)
  • The above optional excursions can be pre-booked as a package from £79 per person (subject to change for 2016).
Depart on your scheduled flight to Pisa today. From the airport you’ll transfer to Piombino where you will take the ferry to Elba. Then it’s just a short journey to your hotel on the edge of the beautiful village of Marciana Marina, where you will stay for seven nights. Settle in and explore your new surroundings – the hotel is only a short stroll from the pretty harbour.
After breakfast, join your Tour Manager on a half-day included tour of the island. First stop will be the tiny village of Chiessi, before you journey along the picturesque south coast to the colourful harbour and white-sand bay of Marina di Campo. This is the longest stretch of sand on the island so why not take a stroll and dip your toes in the water.

Take in the scenery as you travel inland and on to Villa San Martino – Napoleon’s summer house. Take the opportunity to wander around this historic property before returning to Marciana Marina for a free afternoon.
Today is free for you to spend as you wish. Your Tour Manager will be able to point you in the right direction if you want to explore the area. They may recommend a visit to Portoferraio, which is easily reached by bus. The town’s Civic Museum displays many archaeological discoveries from as far back as the 8th century BC. There’s a fabulous open-air market here too, as well as Elba’s oldest Roman villa, the Villa Grotte, from where you’ll see spectacular views across the bay.
Enjoy breakfast before joining your Tour Manager and a Local Guide for an optional half-day walk through Elba’s stunning scenery. You’ll begin in the ancient mountain hamlet of Poggio then walk a tree-lined road towards the Napoleonic spa before taking the woodland path up to the historic San Cerbone Chapel. Passing the Pisan fortress, you’ll climb to the 11th century Sanctuary of the Madonna del Monte. This lovely walk ends with a gentle descent to the village of Marciana Alta. Why not settle around the hotel’s swimming pool with a good book for the rest of the day.
There’s more of Elba to discover today during our included half-day tour of the east of the island. You’ll explore the remote Roman mining town of Capoliveri then continue on to the modern, cosmopolitan resort of Porto Azzuro. You should see plenty of sleek yachts in the harbour which contrast beautifully against the backdrop of the 17th century Spanish fortress.
Join our optional excursion to Napoleon’s Winter Palace, Villa Dei Mulini, where the exiled French emperor made plans to once again conquer Europe. First stop will be Portoferraio to enjoy a guided tour of the villa. Although Napoleon’s exile on Elba was brief, he left behind a considerable cultural and historical patrimony.

Then journey to the 18th Century wine farm La Chiusa, which sits between Portoferraio and Azzurro. You’ll get the chance to taste up to 5 different wines, with a backdrop of the sea, the old port and Portoferraio’s historical centre.

Alternatively, spend your final two days exploring at your own pace. Why not stroll around the Cotone Quarter, the real old town, to admire the beautiful architecture, or explore medieval Marciana. Here you can ride the cableway to the summit of Monte Capanne – Elba’s highest point – the views across to the French island of Corsica are well worth the short journey.

Elba has the greatest variety of wild flowers in the Mediterranean islands. Journey to the south and see beautiful flora, Roman granite quarries, fishing villages and unspoilt sandy beaches.

You can admire Elba’s beauty from the sea with a two-hour cruise on board ‘The Nautilus’, a glass-bottomed vessel that will introduce you to the underwater wonders of the Mediterranean. Your skipper will point out the amazing sight of a shipwrecked boat from the 1970s. With so much to see you’ll find the time flies by.
Your holiday comes to an end today as you transfer to Pisa for your flight home.

Please note: To maximise your enjoyment of this holiday a certain amount of walking is essential.

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Legend, Mystery and Intrigue

Legend, Mystery and Intrigue

from £29

Discover the hidden Elba, with our local walking guide, along historic and panoramic woodland pathways.

After a 10 min bus ride to Poggio, our guide will introduce you to this remarkable hamlet before a 40 minute gradual but constant uphill rise through beautiful woodlands (4km approx.). Then choose, between a possibility of climbing up to the sanctuary of the ‘Madonna dell Monte’ (extra 2km approx.), or take a more relaxing downhill stroll, back towards Marciana (1km approx.).

Time to explore Marciana, perhaps an ice-cream or a cold beer before catching the bus back to the Hotel or why not walk back with the guide, along a quiet and panoramic country road, downhill all the way (3km approx.), returning to the Hotel mid-afternoon. Don’t forget your walking boots.

Moderate-Strenuous Walking (this excursion can be adapted to include all or part of the walk to suit all levels of walkers) – Scenic – Three Quarter Day

Napoleons Winter Villa and Wine Tasting

Napoleons Winter Villa and Wine Tasting

from £54

Your day begins with a scenic drive to Portoferraio where on arrival you will be taken on a guided tour of Villa Dei Mulini, former winter residence of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Although Napoleon's exile on Elba was brief, he left behind a considerable cultural and historical patrimony.
Your excursion will then take you to the 18th Century wine farm “La Chiusa” which sits between Portoferraio and Azzurro.
On arrival you will get to taste up to 5 different wines, all very superior and occasionally the grappa gets tasted too, this is set with a back drop of the sea and the old port and historical centre of Portoferraio in view.

Three quarter day – Moderate Walking – Beautiful Scenery.

Prebookable Package

Prebookable Package

from £79

You can save money and enhance your holiday with this pre bookable excursion package...

Legend, Mystery and Inrigue walk / Napoleons winter villa and wine farm
The 3-star Hotel Gabbiano Azzurro is situated just a short walk from the waterfront of the colourful fishing village of Marciana Marina.

Hotel facilities include a breakfast room, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, hairdryer and a TV.

Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel - Marciana Marina

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour.  Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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